Since last Friday, the People’s Republic of China has launched a total of 155 warplanes – the most ever over four consecutive days – into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone; Ned Price said the state department was “very concerned”. There have been more than 500 such flights through nine months this year, as opposed to 300 all of last year.
Before war comes to the Indo-Pacific and Washington faces pressure to fight a potentially existential war, American policymakers must face the cold, hard reality that fighting China over Taiwan risks an almost-certain military defeat – and gambles we won’t stumble into a nuclear war.… Seguir leyendo »
Two opinion columns recently published in The Washington Post regarding the early-April "anti-foreigner" outbursts by Afghan President Hamid Karzai - one by Michael E. O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution and the other by Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek International - were unified in their rebuke of the Obama administration for mishandling the situation. Both Mr. O'Hanlon and Mr. Zakaria are highly educated men and considered top-tier intellectuals of this generation. Remarkable, then, that they should convey so complex a situation in curiously simplistic terms, failing even to mention some of the more germane factors impacting the situation, ultimately causing them to reach flawed conclusions.… Seguir leyendo »